Roger Federer’s mastery on the grass courts of the All England Club has become as regular a fixture as strawberries and cream and rain delays.
Monday the six-time Wimbledon champion advanced to his 29th consecutive grand slam quarterfinals and moved a step closer to catching Pete Sampras and his record seven tournament titles.
But the Swiss star’s round of 16 matchup was not without drama as Federer dropped the opening set — his first of the tournament — before rallying to defeat Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.
Still, with all-court coverage and the ability to pull of circus shots like this “tweener” in yesterday’s match, it’s hardly a surprise a number of pundits see Fed as the favorite heading into the quarterfinals.
This is a tremendous point all around, and it clearly captured the imagination of BBC’s announcers.
“You knew it was coming. The moment he hoisted the lob, you knew the hot dog was imminent.”
Here’s a nifty frame-by-frame photo of the trick shot in case you feel like trying this one at home.
Federer will face 12th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France — a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 winner over No. 7 David Ferrer — in Wednesday’s quarterfinals as he continues his quest for a seventh Wimbledon title.
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